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“American Pie” explained. The Song By Don Mclean
http://www.angelfire.com/ak2/intelligencerreport/americanpie.html ^

Posted on 02/10/2012 5:39:54 AM PST by navysealdad

Songs like “Revolution” by The Beatles, which was clearly suspicious of violent revolution and uprisings, as well as “American Pie” by Don McLean.

Many people think that the song “American Pie” is about the death of Buddy Holly and other musicians in a plane crash, but Glenn presented a reading of the lyrics on radio and showed how it could also be seen as a warning against the danger of violent uprisings.

“ I’ve never understood I drove the Chevy to the levee, I didn’t know what that was. Let’s just start there on the simple part because Chevy, just think of Chevy and mom and apple pie. He’s making a point here. Chevy, I drove my Chevy to the levee. This actually goes back into the 1950s and a Dinah Shore commercial for Chevy,”

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KEYWORDS: americanpie; donmcclean; donmclean; music
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1 posted on 02/10/2012 5:40:03 AM PST by navysealdad
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To: navysealdad

Maybe levee was the best word he could find to rhyme with Chevy?


2 posted on 02/10/2012 5:43:39 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, or the jobs that go with it.)
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To: navysealdad

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.

http://www.lyrics007.com/Don%20Mclean%20Lyrics/American%20Pie%20Lyrics.html


3 posted on 02/10/2012 5:46:49 AM PST by PGalt
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To: navysealdad

I think an “explanation” came out many years ago, too many to recall, so let’s hear it again.


4 posted on 02/10/2012 5:48:54 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: navysealdad
"It means I never have to work again"

Don McLean

5 posted on 02/10/2012 5:49:47 AM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: navysealdad

Excellent - thanks for that - it helped tie together the bits I didn’t understand about the song

Mel


6 posted on 02/10/2012 5:49:52 AM PST by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: navysealdad
Bob Dearborn of WCFL in Chicago did a fine analysis of the lyrics. I'm sure the original recording is on many places on the web to listen to, and the text of the explanation is available at:

http://understandingamericanpie.com/

7 posted on 02/10/2012 5:54:10 AM PST by glennaro
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To: navysealdad

I always thought that song was about atheism taking over and destroying America. Atheism is a euphism for the anti-Christ because atheism/unbelief is anti belief = the anti Christian attitude.

In other words it is about the anti-Christ take over of America - in ideology at this point vs. the actual person of satan.

The song always creeped me out because I found it prophetic - or should I say anti prophetic because prophets interpret God/ anti-prophets interpret the anti-God.


8 posted on 02/10/2012 5:54:55 AM PST by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: navysealdad

It was a depressing song back then and still is.


9 posted on 02/10/2012 5:56:11 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: navysealdad

If I could hear this song played with the lyrics sung in a language I am not fluent in, would I still like it?


10 posted on 02/10/2012 5:58:40 AM PST by equaviator ( "There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: stonehouse01

Same here.


11 posted on 02/10/2012 6:02:33 AM PST by gattaca (Great things can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit. Ronald Reagan)
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To: navysealdad

...Eight miles high and falling fast...(McLean)

The Byrds...Eight Miles High...

Eight miles high and when you touch down
You’ll find that it’s stranger than known
Signs in the street that say where you’re going
Are somewhere just being their own

Nowhere is there warmth to be found
Among those afraid of losing their ground
Rain gray town known for it’s sound
In places small faces unbound

Round the squares huddled in storms
Some laughing some just shapeless forms
Sidewalk scenes and black limousines
Some living some standing alone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCT9naHt2oo


12 posted on 02/10/2012 6:03:50 AM PST by PGalt
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To: navysealdad
Don McLean was once asked in an interview what the "American Pie" meant.

His answer was, "It means I'll never have to work again."

:-)

13 posted on 02/10/2012 6:04:39 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: navysealdad
Buddy Holly being the inspiration for it has been the long standing and most popular explanation. But I have also heard that the death and violence at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival, the infamous rock concert held in the summer of 1969 was the writers inspiration. If one event in the world of Rock signals the end of innocence, and the beginning of Helter Skelter, that concert was it.
14 posted on 02/10/2012 6:04:42 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: navysealdad

Saw a short piece on Lennon a while back and he said sometimes the words don’t mean anything.


15 posted on 02/10/2012 6:05:19 AM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: navysealdad

The Grand Rapids LipDub set a new world record — lipdub to American Pie.

I found it an interesting video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZPjjZCO67WI


16 posted on 02/10/2012 6:05:36 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: navysealdad

“American Pie” absolutely bored the hell out of me.

Iggy Pop and the Stooges was my taste at the time...

JMO..


17 posted on 02/10/2012 6:10:22 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: navysealdad

A great songwriter.


18 posted on 02/10/2012 6:14:45 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: navysealdad

Great...now how about the lyrrics to “incense and peppermint.”


19 posted on 02/10/2012 6:15:00 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: navysealdad

Great...now how about the lyrics to “incense and peppermint.”


20 posted on 02/10/2012 6:15:07 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Former Proud Canadian
It was from the old Dinah Shore Chevrolet commercial. I am old enough that I understood the references in the lyrics.

I always believed that the reference to Jack Flash sitting on the candlestick was about the gay tryst between Mick Jagger and David Bowie.

21 posted on 02/10/2012 6:16:17 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

The song also started the Urban Legend that the name of the plane they were on was Miss American Pie.


22 posted on 02/10/2012 6:18:40 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: navysealdad

23 posted on 02/10/2012 6:18:46 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: navysealdad

—bflr-


24 posted on 02/10/2012 6:20:18 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: Huskrrrr

LOL. LOL.


25 posted on 02/10/2012 6:21:42 AM PST by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: navysealdad

bookmarked


26 posted on 02/10/2012 6:23:38 AM PST by BlueLancer (KOMEN PINK: The color of the water in the basin after Pilate finished washing his hands)
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To: navysealdad

Note to Glenn: the marching band was the Vietnam war duh.


27 posted on 02/10/2012 6:28:50 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: navysealdad

All I remember was how Don McLean set my little teenaged heart all a flutter.

Him, and Cat Stevens, but I am dating myself.


28 posted on 02/10/2012 6:33:34 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: PGalt
A subtext to the "eight miles high" reference is none other than Kenny Rogers and the First Edition:

I tripped on a cloud and fell eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky

A clear reference to the LSD craze in the late Sixties and early Seventies. We all recognized it.

29 posted on 02/10/2012 6:34:04 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: navysealdad

Also the 8 miles high and falling fast combined w falllout shelter is the mushroom cloud and fallout or fears thereof.


30 posted on 02/10/2012 6:36:20 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: navysealdad

Well, yeah, but what about “Vincent?”


31 posted on 02/10/2012 6:39:17 AM PST by eCSMaster (Excommunicate evildoers)
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To: SouthTexas

” Saw a short piece on Lennon a while back and he said sometimes the words don’t mean anything.”

Lennon famously threw words together that sounded cool.
McCartney is an airhead that can put together a pretty turn of phrase.

To think we listened in rapt attention to the “Paul is dead” theorists. While the boys were laughing all the way to the bank.

Everybody was looking for a deeper meaning in those days.


32 posted on 02/10/2012 6:47:47 AM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: navysealdad

It’s a short history of rock & roll’s downward trajectory and the effect that has had on our culture.


33 posted on 02/10/2012 6:48:25 AM PST by Oratam
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To: navysealdad

OK, but where does the flute fit in?


34 posted on 02/10/2012 7:05:14 AM PST by Oztrich Boy
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Cadence and rhyme.


35 posted on 02/10/2012 7:14:59 AM PST by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: navysealdad

Hard not to miss the “america is changing” aspect of the song

It was interesting to see how the pieces fit together


36 posted on 02/10/2012 7:16:32 AM PST by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: navysealdad

I think it is against Nuclear Weapons. If not, you can definitely fit it in.


37 posted on 02/10/2012 7:18:37 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: martin_fierro

I’ve been saying that for 30 years. Clap your hands and you just caused a catastrophic event in the tiny universe on your palm.


38 posted on 02/10/2012 7:29:20 AM PST by Terry Mross (.)
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To: vanilla swirl

John Fogerty said he just liked to use strange lyrics.


39 posted on 02/10/2012 7:31:29 AM PST by Terry Mross (.)
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To: navysealdad
The Byrds he spells with a Y, flew off to the fallout shelter. Nature, represented by the Byrds, sense the danger, headed for safety in a shelter.

Perhaps the "Byrds" refers to two of the most powerful Southern Democrats from the early 1930's to the early 1980's, Senator Harry F. Byrd (D-Va.) and his son, Harry, Jr., who succeeded him. Or perhaps it could refer to the liberal Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), whose power and influence in the Senate moved Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) to call it "the Byrd Bath."

40 posted on 02/10/2012 7:39:03 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: navysealdad

Interesting. I always lost interest in the song as it progressed as the lyrics became more obscure.


41 posted on 02/10/2012 7:56:08 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: navysealdad
He asked her about faith and whether she believes, no matter what, if the Bible tells her so. That is the representation of the faith in the Fifties.

This line could also be a reference to the Nick Noble song The Bible Tells Me So. The fact that this song was a chart hit in 1955 shows how much our culture has changed--mostly for the worse--since that time.

42 posted on 02/10/2012 7:56:23 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: navysealdad

Speaking of “hidden meanings” in songs; I seem to remember that the author of Roberta Flack’s hit “Killing Me Softly With His Song” was referring to seeing and hearing Don McLean perform one of his songs.


43 posted on 02/10/2012 8:05:15 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

In a way it refers both to the Byrds and the First Edition.
The latter was doing its own reference to the Byrds song.

As I’ve heard the song over the years, it was clear to me
what was being talked about—Dylan, Stones, unrest, Beatles,
and all the stuff about the 50s and later the 60s. “The levee was dry” means he went to get water (representing—faith? hope? etc.) but could get nothing.

And how more obvious a line could he do than “The church
bells all were broken”?


44 posted on 02/10/2012 8:31:23 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
“The levee was dry” means he went to get water (representing—faith? hope? etc.) but could get nothing.

"The Levee" was the name of a bar where he often went to tip a glass or two. When he went there and it was closed, he had to head up the road to a bar in Rye, NY. The good old boys in Rye were drinking whiskey.

45 posted on 02/10/2012 8:44:21 AM PST by Wissa (Gone Galt)
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To: NavyCanDo

***Buddy Holly being the inspiration for it has been the long standing and most popular explanation.***

When I first heard the song back in 1971, I immediately thought of Buddy Holly. This is before the psycho-analysists started telling everyone what it meant.


46 posted on 02/10/2012 8:48:13 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: navysealdad

American Pie


47 posted on 02/10/2012 9:00:44 AM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: SouthTexas

“Saw a short piece on Lennon a while back and he said sometimes the words don’t mean anything.”

I read that writer had been trying to fathom some of Lennon’s lyrics. In response, John wrote “Strawberry Fields” (I am the Walrus) and said to a confidant, “Let the (bleep)er figure that one out”.


48 posted on 02/10/2012 10:01:05 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: eCSMaster
Well, yeah, but what about “Vincent?”

It's about Vincent Van Gogh. I think "Starry Starry Night" is referring to one of his paintings.

As to the meaning of "American Pie", it's the same as the album version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"...the DJ wants to take a break!
49 posted on 02/10/2012 10:02:20 AM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: vanilla swirl; TexasRepublic
Everybody was looking for a deeper meaning in those days.

Obviously some still are. LOL

50 posted on 02/10/2012 10:06:03 AM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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